The “Ganser States”— Case Studies on Hysterical Pseudo-dementia

Case report


Qaiser A. Hai

Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Garyounis, Benghazi, S.P.L.A.J. Former Consultant Psychiatrist, Bedford General Hospital, Bedford, UK.

Garyounis Medical Journal Vol. 2, No.2. July 1979:107-109


Like Dementias, Pseudodementias (illnesses simulating Dementias) are not commonly encountered by the psychiatrist. Due to their similarity of features to organic brain disease and Schizophrenia-like psychoses on one hand, and malingering on the other, they pose great diagnostic problems. However, the definite personality type predisposed to these illnesses, and the element of a gain, helps in this distinction. Despite subcultural variation, the condition has no geographical restriction. The author presents two cases seen in totally different parts of the world and has derived useful conclusions.

Keywords: The “Ganser States”— Case Studies on Hysterical Pseudo-dementia